Me & My Uncle, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, Deal, Mexicali Blues, It Must Have Been The Roses, The Race is On, Scarlet Begonias, El Paso, Row Jimmy, Money Money, Ship of Fools, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow-> China Doll Playin' In The Band, U.S. Blues, Big River, Stella Blue, Around & Around, Eyes Of The World-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Johnny B. Goode
August 7, 2021 Subject:
Talkin' out my ass... no room for imagination!
I think... (my ass here... attempting to interpret what the ego and id are trying to get at...had to add this thought, ass insisted!)
Perhaps, check out the Playing, its fabulous!
Takes you on a journey as great as any dark star, sometimes better, but this here show (and tour, I guess) is delightfully lacking in hang-ups... in the band or musical presentation. First time taking the WOS on the road likely uncovered the flaw in their planning, and made them then stop, look around, and decide what else they might need to fix, not seeing as it was a plan that would lead to actually making money! Now that they were in charge of their own destiny and with their own record company and all!
The ideal of musical communication is really so utopian, perhaps in this way they were idealist hippies...
perhaps I just talk out my ass! (see the top...Δ)
April 26, 2021 Subject:
Apparently this show used to only circulate in parts. Seems like it was hard to find complete and in the correct order, BITD of blanks & postage. Their only time at the U of Wash basketball arena, this Wall of Sound show is of course known as the one with the 46min Playin'. There's a lot more.
First Set. The bad mix on Me & My Uncle is just the SBD, not FOH, so the AUD is fine. Brown Eyed Women is a paragon; couldn't be smoother. After an average Beat it on Down the Line-7 and a sleepy-but-solid-enough Deal, Mexicali impresses as Jer and Phil push Bobby. Though Musta Been Roses is typical, thankfully it's not draggy. Scarlet is just the 4th one. This is an example of the early faster arrangement peaking. In a quick change, Row Jimmy is kind of dead. The briefly-played Money Money is the last of only three (but not the best). There are differing stories about its demise (some not entirely plausible), but stuff usually got ejected if Phil wouldn't play it. The title was changed for the summer album release - by which time they had already stopped playing "Finance Blues"! Always bucking the industry. Nobody captured the very beginning of Ship of Fools. The AUD is pretty close, and is used to patch the SBD (the official release instead edits-in the first 22sec from 6/28). It's tighter than a rusty spanner, but not as sparky as other '74s. However, Weather Report is consistently good in '74 (the first 5sec on the official are also from 6/28). Let it Grow is pretty typical of the period, but the last few minutes are just great. Even if not the most detailed, China Doll is absolutely sterling.
Second Set. The marathon Playin' history piece comes right at the top of the set. There are some bland sections and some great sections - which would be expected in the course of 46min. That's enough time for every nook and cranny to be painted over, even if some were fine the way they were. There's even some Donnaskreech™. Once they get out there, Jer wants to stay. Finding the way back with him lashed to the figurehead, still hunched over playing, takes awhile. Weird for a set opener, and a must-hear-once. The intro riff for U.S. Blues is still a month away. There's so much going on/packed into Big River. It's amazing here how Jer starts singing the final chorus just before finishing his solo. The tempo in Stella starts with health but then slows. The official version abruptly switches to the end solo from 6/18 @7:33. Around is a total smoker, and that spins the top for an aggressive Eyes of the World that rides the zenith. Wharf Rat ain't half bad. But Ouch!:Sugar Mag gets awfully messy during the verses. Somehow things went shaky, though Johnny B. Goode gets them back just enough to leave 'em happy on campus (thank you Phil).
1st Set: B 2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3⅔ stars
Brown Eyed Women - paragon-ish
Mexicali Blues - impresses
Scarlet Begonias - great ex. of early arrangement
China Doll - sterling
Big River - so much going on
Around & Around - real smoker
Eyes of the World - big, wonderful Eyes (though short next to that PitB!)
SOURCES: The wier_22801 is the updated (patched) SBD. The miller_98822 is the Pat Lee AUD; astonishing qual for '74 and lends itself to a great Tobin MTX. The official release is the whole show except for edited versions of Weather Report, Ship & Stella. Brown Eyed, Playing & China Doll are on Believe It If You Need It. The Playing in the Band is also on a third release: split onto two sides of a stand-alone vinyl.
June 26, 2009 Subject:
Playing in the Band...
There is a matrix of this show which really cleans up most of the flaws but the Playin' is one of the most mind bending versions I've ever heard. Right up there with 69' Dark Stars - Keith brings such a dynamic to the song too bad Donna came along for the ride. Don't get me wrong she learned how to sing on stage so I give her props but she can be hard on the ears at times. Get this show for the Playing if nothing else. One of the years best in not the best 74' show.
May 28, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" May 21, 1974, at the Edmundson Pavillion, U. of Washington, Seattle WA, U.S.A.
#############__Smokin'_1974_GRATEFUL DEAD Show.
I recommend this show to all collectors of 1974 GRATEFUL DEAD shows. A "Must Have" for any respectable DEAD HEAD.
Well rehearsed, relaxed. In tune, in time incredible.
5 Stars for the mix
5 Stars for the recording
5 Stars for the performance
5 Stars for the Charles Wier transfer
Garcia's playing is fluid, effortless, accurate, astounding. Nice slide on Row Jimmy.
Ship of Fools starts out audience quality and then goes to Soundboard.
Nice show to play for folks hearing the GRATEFUL DEAD for the first time. The whole band is smokin'.
Here's a 46 minute and 26 second long "Playin' In The Band" that will blow your mind.
The Internet Archive recommends RealPlayer for streaming and downloading for users of Windows XP.
It comes with a free 3 band EQ you can use for playback. Once you've downloaded the song open it up in Windows Media Player and use its 10 Band EQ to really dial the sound in to your liking.
Most GRATEFUL DEAD shows on the IA sound better after you've EQ'd them...
I wonder why this show is not released as an album? Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it NOW or you'll be sorry...
Here's one way to dowload this show:
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Eat, Drink, Be Merry, and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1974.
December 10, 2008 Subject:
I heard this beauty for the first time on XM channel 57, and had to come on here and listen again!
The "Playin'" is off the wall and I dig the "Eyes" followed by an excellent "Wharf Rat!
It is so hard to be objective with these shows. The Playing in the Band is do damn epic the rest of the show is irrelevant. Well again, the Wharf Rat is dark and full of emotion, and the Weather Report Suite/ Let it Grow is pretty great too
I give it four for that awesome Playing In The Band and I agree with the comment below that it at least rivals many of those Dark Stars, which I love as well.
August 2, 2007 Subject:
two of my favorites
row jimmy has some definite funk.something in the drums and keyboard, that and jerry's autoharp-like guitar at times.Before that, scarlet begonias just rolls out.live dead always sets me in a groove.of course the whole show is cool
July 14, 2006 Subject:
one fine show..and I'd have to agree..one of the best I've heard on tape.
wish I'd found it about 6 months ago :-(
July 14, 2006 Subject:
The best Grateful Dead show I have heard on tape.
November 3, 2005 Subject:
SBD portion identical to shnid2597
All SBD tracks, except d1t12 & d3t02-5, for which fixes were detailed in the text file, and d2t05, d3t01, d3t05 & d3t08, for which SBEs were fixed, are the EXACT same audio files as for shnid2597. The [shntool] md5 fingerprint, which is the checksum for the audio data only, follows, and is identical to the other seed for d1t01-11 & d2t01-4. The files which differ only by the SBE fixes were compared using EAC's Compare WAVs tool and are identical except at the ends where the samples were moved.
Perhaps, oceantree meant that the other SB has much better sound quality than Stella and Aroundx2 (the tracks patched from the AudMC).
Therefore, lewis is indeed right, and oceantree is either misinterpreted or wrong, as you are. At least for the time being, this appears to be the best SBD source patched with the best circulating audience. Absolutely no remastering has been done with the exception of patching the 2 sources together. No audio engineer egos present... I just tried to combine the best of what was available for an awesome show :)
The difference isn't subtle; it's nonexistent (except for the presence of the AUD tracks in this version).
November 2, 2005 Subject:
Actually the other SBD source is better
While this version cleans out a few minor errors, somewhere the sound quality has decreased slightly. This surprised me, since this version is made from the other one, but oceantree is indeed right, and lewis is wrong.
The difference is subtle, though.
September 7, 2005 Subject:
Best and most complete source.
August 18, 2005 Subject:
cracks me up......
that the Playin' used to need an entire side of a Maxell 90. Maybe they just couldn't figute out how to end it...
August 16, 2005 Subject:
I was here at 7...
My step brother (DEad HEAD)....was watching me and decided he neede a show ... I was 7 and folks were in mexico...(I live in New YORK).......he said lets go for a road trip...I was in glory ....well I found myself in the mix.....Seattle was cool and scarey for a 7 year old at the time... I fell in love with the scene ... I truly remember to this day Let it grow....it still screams in my dreams...I was hooked and have been ever since ...The ~Wall of Sound~ was my favorite time and I am glad to have been part of it ....... the BEST... I didnt get to many shows after untill 1980.... LONG live the OMNIPUTANT GRATEFUL DEAD...
I just have to appluad the person setting this up. There are 3 coppies of this show here and this one has a little noise nut is dynamically and sonicly thrilling not to mention the performance which is needless to say...SaWeeeeeT!
January 12, 2005 Subject:
get the other source
Only worry about Stella and Aroundx2 from this source of this show, as they are missing on the other SB source. The other SB has much better sound quality.
May 7, 2004 Subject:
Some of the hi-lites of this show include a rare Money Money and a 47-minute Playin in the Band.